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Beamish Agricultural Show

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Traditional country life on show, September 15-18

Recreating a typical country show of the early 1900s, Beamish Agricultural Show is a four-day event showcasing livestock, logging, birds of prey, beekeeping, tractors and the obligatory tea tent, to name a few.

In the main ring, there are displays of birds of prey flying, sheep shearing and duck herding.

Around the show field, visitors can have a go at archery and tomahawk throwing, explore the Scout Camp, meet First World War soldiers and see period tractors and agricultural machinery on show.

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Durham Rug Makers showcase their craft expertise

The craft marquee is packed with traditional craftsmen and women, woodworkers, a leather worker, a rake maker, matters and quilters, all happy to share their skills and knowledge.

When visitors have worked up a thirst, they can pop into the beer tent, selling locally-brewed ales or visit the Temperance Tea Tent for tea and scones.

On Thursday and Friday, local schools will be bringing along their horticultural, craft and artwork entries for their own competitions, enjoy music and dance sessions and make life-size scarecrows.

Beamish tractor
Tractors on show

On Saturday and Sunday, the Industry Section replaces the schools classes – cooks, knitters, photographers and wine makers are entering their creations, hoping to win a coveted red rosette.

There is no extra charge for the show, it’s included in the admission charge and Unlimited Passes are valid for the event.

This is the third event in Beamish’s Great North Festival of Agriculture – still to come are Hands-on Heritage Skills (September 24-25) and Harvest Home and Harvest Festival (October 1-2). For more information visit www.beamish.org.uk/whats-on.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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